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Alleluia Nativitas Music and Carols for a Medieval Christmas France 1. Novus annus hodie (anon) 2’15" 2. Ut iam cessit (anon) 1’30" 3. Fulget dies celebris (anon) 2’48" 4. Vetus abit littera (anon) 3’54" 5. Procedenti puero (anon) 2’48" 6. Mater Dei salus rei (anon) 3’49" 7. In sompnis mira (anon) 0’50" 8. Huic et placuit (anon) 1’31" 9. Viderunt omnes (Perotin) 10’24" England 10. Angelus ad virginem (anon) 3’35" 11. Flos regalis (anon) 4’23" 12. Beata viscera (anon) 1’23" 13. Orientis partibus (anon) 1’58" 14. Salve sancta parens (anon) 1’50" 15. Virgo Maria (anon) 3’47" 16. Edi beo thu (anon) 2’25" 17. Super te Jerusalem (anon) 1’11" 18. O Nobilis nativitas (anon) 1’10" 19. There is no rose (anon) 3’43" 20 St Thomas honour we (anon) 4’11" 21. Nowell, Nowell: The boarë’s head (Smert) 4’47" The Orlando Consort: Robert Harre Jones (countertenor); Charles Daniels (tenor); Angus Smith (tenor); Donald Grieg (baritone) Recordings made in Aosis Studio, Camden Town, London on 26 & 27 Feb 1990 METRONOME ‘TREASURY OF MUSIC’ MET CD 1001-01 [65.35] [PW]

Performances delivered in a forthright, and somewhat ‘masculine’ style with strong emphasis on forward momentum. … see Full Review

ARIAS FOR SOPRANO, TRUMPET AND ORGAN Pater Damian STACHOWICZ (1658-1699) Veni, veni Consolator Alessandro MELANI (1639-1703) All’armi, pensieri Alessandro SCARLATTI (1660-1725) Vaga Cintia adorata (from "Endimione e Cintia") 7 Arias: Si suoni la tromba, In terra la guerra, Con voce festiva, Rompe sprezza, Si riscaldi il Tebro, Mio tesoro per te moro, Farò la vendetta Henry PURCELL (1658-1695) Sound the trumpet, Sound Fame thy brazen trumpet (from "Dioclesian") DROVANDINI (1673-1708) De torrente Marie-Noëlle de Callataÿ (soprano), Alain Roelant (trumpet), Jan van Landeghem (organ) Rec. Aug. 1990, St. Joseph’s Church, Saint-Niklaas PAVANE ADW 7223 [48.03] [CH]

If you are looking for a soprano, trumpet and organ disc to add to your collection, I don’t think you could do better than this. … see Full Review

A SHROPSHIRE LAD The complete Shropshire Lad in poem and song-settings Samuel BARBER (1910-81): With rue my heart is laden Lennox BERKELEY (1903-89): I liked you better. He would not stay. George BUTTERWORTH (1885-1916): Bredon Hill. When the lad for longing sighs. On the idle hill of summer; A Shropshire Lad complete Mervyn HORDER (b 1910): White in the moon. John IRELAND (1879-1962): Hawthorn time. The hearts desire. The lent lily. Goal and wicket. The vain desire. The encounter. Epilogue. E. J. MOERAN (1894-1950): Far in a western brookland. O fair enough are sky and plain. C. W. ORR (1893-1976): When I watch the living meet. Hughley steeple. Into my heart. O see how thick the goldcup flowers. The Isle of Portland. This time of year. Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor); Graham Johnson (piano); Alan Bates (reader). Rec 1980s HYPERION DYAD CDD22044 2CD [123.39] Bargain price [JQ]

A most distinguished and enterprising release which is recommended without reservation to all lovers of English song. see Full Review

BASSOON CONCERTOS W.A. MOZART (1756-1791) Bassoon Concerto in B flat K191 [18.25] Michael HAYDN (1737-1806) Concertino for Bassoon in B flat Perger 52/5 [7.18] Karl STAMITZ (1741-1801) Bassoon Concerto in F [17.03] Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Andante e Rondo Ungarese Op.35 [10.57] Bassoon Concerto in F Op.75 [18.02] Lawrence Perkins (bassoon) Manchester Camerata Douglas Boyd Rec. RNCM, Manchester, 11-12 April 2001 HYPERION CDA67288 [71.54] [AT]

A labour of love that brings rare and better known bassoon works to make a most enjoyable showpiece for this gorgeous instrument. … see Full Review

Jules BASTIN (bass) (-1996) 'Airs folkloriques walloons' Songs and Carols from France, Germany, Ireland, etc. sung in the Walloon language. François Prume choir, dir. Raymond Micha (also piano) 'La Petite Orchestre/François Duysinx
Rec. Abbaye de Stavelot, 1971 & 1977 PAVANE RECORDS ADW 7380 [73.30] [RF]

Given Bastin's natural eloquence of phrasing and good breath control, my ear and sensibilities were well satisfied. Thoroughly recommended and at a very modest price. … see Full Review

BRASILIANA: Three Centuries Of Brazilian Music Arnaldo Cohen - piano Recordings made in the former Academy of Music, Stockholm in June 2000 BIS CD-1121 [71.31]

The flavour of South America colours all the works, and permeates the performances adding a distinctive character that is immediately enjoyable. … see Full Review

BRUNZEMA IN ONTARIO Organ Works by: Johann Gottfried WALTHER (1684-1748): Chorale Preludes: - Wachtet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, - Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, - Werde munter, mein Gemüte, - Jesu Leiden, Pein und Tod, - Herzlich tut mich verlagen, -Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ – Christus, der ist mein Leben, -Allein Gott in der Höh’sei Ehr’, - Erschienen ist der herrliche Tag, - Erstanden ist der heilige Christ, - Warum sollt’ ich mich denn grämen, - Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht, - Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, allzugleich, - Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott,
Ernst PEPPING (1909-1981): Selections from Kleines Orgelbuch :- Vom Himmel hoch, da komm’ ich her 2, Vom Himmel hoch, da komm’ ich her 3, - Jesus Christus herrscht als König, -Zeuch an die Macht, du Arm des Herrn, - Nun freut euch, lieben Christen, g’mein, - Sollt’ ich meinem Gott nicht singen,
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750): Chorale Preludes: -Valet will ich dir gehen (Cantata #95), - Liebster Jesu, wie sind hier (BWV 731), - Ich will hier bei dir stehen (Cantata #159), -Jesus, meine Zuversicht (BWV 728), - Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein (BWV 641), - Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott (Cantata #80). Thomas Donahue (Organ). The Blessed Sacrament Parish, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Recorded: March 1996 at the Blessed Sacrament Parish, Ontario, Canada. Organ by: Gerhard Brunzema, 1991. CALCANTE RECORDINGS CAL CD021 [59.90] [ChA]

Donahue does not achieve fully satisfactory performances on this fine instrument, but the organ-specialist listener is repaid by hours of pleasure from studying the organ’s specification and the list of registration for each piece. ...see Full Listing

EDNA MICHELL (violin) Compassion A Tribute to Yehudi Menhin John TAVERNER: Song of the Angel Shulamit RAN: Yearning Chen YI: Romance of Hsiao and Chin Hans Werner HENZE: Adagio adagio Yinam LEEF: TFilah Poul RUDERS: Credo Somei SATOH: Innocence Wolfgang RIHM: Cantilena Iannis XENAKIS: Hunem-Iduhey Lukas FOSS: Romance Karel HUSA: Stèle Betty OLIVERO: Achòt Ketana György KURTÁG: Ligatura Philip GLASS: Echorus Steve REICH: Duet Edna Michell (violin) Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra Lukas Foss (conductor) Karlsruhe Ensemble Andreas Weiss (conductor) Recorded at the Rudolfinum, Dvorak Hall, Prague, 29 August/2 September 1999 and 28/30 August 2000 American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, 7 November 2000 Hochschule für Musik, Karlsruhe, Germany 10 February 2001 EMI ANGEL 72435 5 7179 2 4 [79.13] [CF]

The pedigree of all composers, known or unknown, has resulted in good music of a high standard which deserves careful listening. Unsurprisingly the performances are dominated by the violin playing of Michell ... see Full Review

"DUO ALL’ARMI" – Baroque Music for trumpet and organ Jeremiah CLARKE (1673-1707) Suite in D* Nicolaus BRUHNS (1665-1697) Toccata in G Girolamo FANTINI (+/-1600-?) Sonatas*: 1 – "del Colloreto", 3 – "del Nicolini", 5 – "dell’Adimari" Johann Jakob FROBERGER (1616-1667) Canzon III Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Prelude and Fugue in D minor, BWV 539 Bonaventura VIVIANI (1638-1693) Sonata no. 2* Dietrich BUXTEHUDE (1637-1707) Prelude in G minor, BuxWV 163 William BOYCE (1710-1779)
Vivace* from Suite of Trumpet Voluntaries Alain ROELANT (trumpet)*, Jan Van Landeghem (organ) Recorded 28-30 Sep, 7-8 Oct. 1992, St. Joseph’s Church, Sint Niklaas PAVANE ADW 7281 [47.02] [CH]

Not a musicological experience, but a very enjoyable one. … see Full Review

ENGLISH GUITAR CONCERTOS Sir William WALTON Five Bagatelles for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra (adapted by Patrick Russ) Sir Malcolm ARNOLD Serenade for guitar and Strings, Op.50 Sir Lennox BERKELEY Guitar Concerto, Op.88 Sir Malcolm ARNOLD Guitar Concerto, Op.67 Craig Ogden – Guitar Northern Sinfonia (Bradley Creswick – Leader) / Richard Hickox No recording data supplied CHANDOS CHAN 9963 [66:18]

The strong personality of Julian Bream, is ever present but Ogden more than rises to the task - a fine disc. … see Full Review


Fanfares and Hunting Music for Brass (3 discs titled as follows)

(1) Messe Solenelle de Saint Hubert
(2) Ceremonial de la Venerie
(3) Les Echos de la Futaie
Le Debuche de Paris (Discs 1 & 2) and Les Sonneurs du Bien Allé de Compiègne et nos amis du Point du Jour de Soissons (Disc 3) recorded 1981 in St. Eustace, Paris (Disc 1), 1969 & 1978 in Paris (Disc 2) and 6/96 (Disc 3). ADD – Discs 1 & 2, DDD – Disc 3. CALLIOPE CAL 9504 – 6 nas [74.08, 73.41 & 52.20] [JP]

If you want a complete set of fanfares for hunting the virtuosity of the playing on all three volumes is fine, and there is a very lively spirit present. … see Full Review

ALFRED GENOVESE OBOE RECITAL SCHUMANN 3 Romances op.94 for Oboe and Piano POULENC Sonata for Oboe and Piano IBERT Escales, no.2 LOEFFLER 2 Rhapsodies for Oboe, Viola and Piano MOZART Quintet in Eb for Piano and Wind, K.452 Alfred Genovese, oboe, Peter Serkin, Piano, Robert Spano, piano, Burton Fine, viola, Harold Wright, clarinet, Richard Sebring, horn, Richard Svoboda, bassoon Recorded at South Mountain Concert Hall, Pittsfield MA, August 1992 BOSTON RECORDS BRI1004CD [71:26] [GPJ]

This CD isn't altogether kind to Mr. Genovese who has a musical but rather unassuming approach. see Full Review

THE HOXTON THIRTEEN New works by thirteen young composers from Hoxton New Music Days. Composers' Ensemble, Peter Wiegold Recorded: St Silas, Chalk Farm, London, January 2001 NMC D 076 [67:32] [HC]

A most welcome release providing a survey of recent works by young British composers who have considerable technical mastery and expression and technique. … see Full Listing

Rarities of Piano Music at ‘ScHloss vor Husum from the 1989 Festival' Charles-Valentin Alkan: [ l ] Cantique des cantiques (from "Preludes op. 31 ") 2:12 Ronald Smith Sergei Rachmaninov: [ 2 ] Serenade op. 3 No. 5 (rev. version) 2:28 Michael Ponti Chopin - Godowsky: [ 3 ] Study No. 42 in a minor (after op. 25 No. 11) 4:17Zez Confrey:[ 4 ] Kitten on the Keys (1921) 2:15 Marc-André Hamelin Heinrich von Sahr: From "Stimmen der Nacht" op. 3 (1854) No. 2 [ 5 ] Larghetto, ma non troppo 3:29 Jozef De Beenhouwer  William Sterndale Bennett: [ 6 ] Rondeau à la Polonaise op. 37 3:43 Nicolaj Medtner:[ 7 ] Fairy Tale in c minor, op. 8 No. 2 6:16 Hamish Milne Georges Bizet: [ 8 ] Depart (from "Chants du Rhin", 1866) 2:28 Gabriel Faure: [ 9 ] Nocturne No. 2 in B Major op. 33 No. 2 5:57 Jean-Marc Luisada Gabriel Faure:[10] Nocturne No. 13 in b minor op. 119 8:24 Idil Biret Faure - Grainger: [11] Nell op. 18 No. 1 ( 1924) 2:11 Selim Palmgren: [12] Feux-follets op. 35 No. 3 (1912) 1:01 Peter Froundjian 
Glinka - Balakirev:[13] The Lark 5:31Tschaikowsky - Pletnjov:[14] Andante maestoso (from "The Nutcracker") 5:58 Boris Bloch  Franz Liszt:[15] Hungarian Rhapsody No. 10 (1. Version) 5:43 Rainer M. Klaas 
Gluck - Chasins: [16] Melody (from "Orpheus") 3:25 Gershwin - Wild: [17] I got Rhythm(from "Seven Virtuoso Etudes") 1:57 Daniel Berman
Recorded in Husum on August 19th –26th 1989 DANACORD DACOCD 349 [67 minutes][JF]

These CDs are worth exploring in considerable detail. Seldom has such a huge collection of fine piano music been so readily available. The first volume gets the collection off to a stunning start. … see Full Review

Rarities of Piano Music at ‘ScHloss vor Husum’ from the 1990 Festival
[ 1 ] Alexander SCrIabin (1872-1915) Polonaise op. 21 8:00 Igor Shukow [ 2 ] Muzio Clementi (1752-1832) Lento e patetico 3:21(from the Sonata op. 25 No. 5) [ 3 ] Franz Liszt (1811-1886) Rigoletto-Paraphrase 6:46 Claudius Tanski [ 4 ] Franz Liszt (1811-1886) Aux cyprès de la Villa d'Este II (1877) 7:43 [ 5 ] Schubert (1797-1828)-Godowsky (1870-1938): Morgengruß 3:41(from "Die schöne Müllerin") Janice Weber [ 6 ] Chopin (1810-1849)-Godowsky (1870-1938) Study No. 34 "Mazurka" 3:44(after op. 25 No. 5)[ 7 ] Serge Prokofiev (1891-1953): Sarcasm op. 17 No. 1 1:57 Marc-André Hamelin [ 8 ] Leos Janacek (1854-1928) Sonata "l. X. 1905" 18:08 Benedikt Koehlen [ 9 ] Henning Mankell (1868-1930) Intermezzo op. 12 No. 2 (1910) 3:39 [10] Nikolaj Medtner (1880-1951) Stimmungsbild op. 1 No. 4 2:47 Bengt Forsberg  [11] Leopold Godowsky (1870-1938) The Musical Clock 1:28 (from "Triakontameron") Geoffrey Douglas Madge  [12] Albeniz (1860-1909) –Godowsky (1870-1938) "Triana" (1922/1938) 5:09 (from "Iberia") Abbey Simon Recorded in Husum on August 18th –25th 1990 DANACORD DACOCD 379 [approx. 65 minutes]

Not only hidden treasures, rare finds and timely revivals but superb playing. Good programme notes too. … see Full Review

Rarities of Piano Music at ‘ScHloss vor Husum’ from the 1991 Festival[ 1 ] Franz Liszt (1811-1886)-Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924) Fantasia and Fugue on the Chorale "Ad nos, ad salutarem undam iterum venite miseri"(from Meyerbeer's "Le Prophete") 30:03 [ 2 ] Alexander Siloti (1861-1945) Complainte 4:23[ 3 ] Nikolaj Medtner (1880-1951) Prelude (Hymne) 3:38(from "Romantische Skizzen fur die Jugend" op. 54 (1933)Hamish Milne [ 4 ] Michael Glinka (1804-1857) Barcarolle (1847) 4:56 Alexej Ljubimov Nikolaj Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) [ 5 ] Novellette op. 11 No. 2 2:08 [ 6 ] Kleines Lied in Dorisch auf 'e' (1901) 1:48 [ 7 ] Romanze A flat major op. 15 No. 2 2:06 Boris Bloch  Issai Dobrowén (1894-1953) [ 8 ] Prelude 2:43 [ 9 ] Mazurka-Caprice 1:35 (from "Sieben Klavierstucke op. 13")  [10] Ignace Strasfogel (1909-) Rondo (1988/89) 4:32 Kolja Lessing  [11] Cyril Scott (1879-1970) Lotus Land op. 47 No. 1 3:51 Donna Amato  Eduard Erdmann (1896-1958) [12] Fox Trot (1924) 3:11 [13] "Prptilpus" - Eine Fuge, op. 16 No. 5 (1915) 0:47 Sontraud Speidel Recorded at Husum 17th-24th August 1991 DANACORD DACOCD 389 [c.65 min] [JF]

This CD is worth buying for Hamish Milne’s performance of the Liszt/Busoni Fantasia and Fugue – Ad Nos. However there are lots of other goodies that make this disc a fascinating addition the piano music enthusiast's collection. … see Full Review

IN EVERY LAKE THE MOON SHINES FULL Folk Tunes from Spain, Scotland, Greece, Hungary and Norway. Joaquin NIN-CULMELL
1 – 6 Tonades (on Spanish Folk Tunes) (Volume 2) Marjory KENNEDY-FRASER 7 – 11 Songs of the Hebrides (Scotland) Yannis CONSTANTINIDIS
12 – 27 Miniatures on Greek Folk Tunes Frederico MORENO-TORROBA 28 – 32 Aires de la Mancha (Songs of La Mancha) Béla BARTÓK (arr. SZENDREY-KARPER/GALBRAITH) 33 – 45 "For Children" Hungarian Folk Tunes, Volume 1
Edvard GREIG
46 – 52 Norwegian Folk Tunes from Op. 66 Paul Galbraith (8-string guitar) Rec 2001? No other details given DELOS DE 3236 [61:18] [AD]

This CD is the most original and best performed yet. It is a big step forward for an already gifted musician. … see Full Review

I FAGIOLINI – ‘INSALATA’ Nicolas GOMBERT (c.1500-56) – J’ay mis mon cuer Mateo da FLECHA (1481-c.1553) – La Bomba (excerpt) Sigismondo D’INDIA (c.1582-1629) – Dispieta pietate Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567-1643) – Vago augeletto ANON 16th century – Hey trolly loly lo Clément JANEQUIN (c.1485-1558) – La Chasse (part2) Don Fernando de los INFANTAS (1534-c.1610) – Loquebantur variis linguis
MONTEVERDI – Audi coelum Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) – Sweeter than roses J.S. BACH (1685-1750) – Singet dem Herrn (3rd mvt) Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) – Dieu! qu’il la fait bon regarder Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) – A death Trad. arr. TIPPETT – Early one morning Roderick WILLIAMS (b.1965) – Is 5 (sonnet no.2) William BROOKS (b.1943) – Nellie was a lady SONDHEIM arr. WILLIAMS – Losing my mind
I Fagiolini/Robert Hollingworth, with Elizabeth Kenny (theorbo), David Burchell (harpsichord/organ) Fiona Duncan and Timothy Cronin(baroque violins) David Clasen (baritone)
Recorded at the church of St.Silas, Chalk Farm, London, February 5th-6th 1994
METRONOME MET 1004-01 [63:52]

A superb issue, which will satisfy a wide range of tastes; everybody who loves top-notch ensemble singing will lap this up. … see Full Review

Compilation: Mélodies Français Jules Bastin (bass) with Paule van den Driessche (piano) (recorded at the Conservatoire Royal de Liege in 1995) PAVANE ADW 7335 [74:35] [IL]

A delightful and adventurous French song recital distinguished by Jules Bastin’s strong oaken tones blended with the accomplished, supple and subtle accompaniments of Paule Van den Driessche. The music - **** The Presentation * ... see Full Review

Benno MOISEIWITSCH IN RECITAL Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Etudes Symphoniques, Kreisleriana, Carnaval Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849) Etudes Op 10 No 4, 8 and 9, Etudes Op 25 Nos 2 and 3, Sonata in B flat minor, Barcarolle Op 60, Fantasie Impromptu Op 66 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Andante Favori in F Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Pictures at an Exhibition Selim PALMGREN (1878-1951) West Finnish Dance Live recordings. Unspecified locations. 1961. PEARL GEMM CDS 9192 [2 CDs: 154.58] [JW]

A distinguished release and it can fairly be said that no lover of so-called Golden Age pianism can afford to be without it. … see Full Review

MUSIC AT THE COURT OF CHARLES I ANON Come live with me and be my Love, So, so break off this late lamenting kiss, Goe and Catch a fallinge star, Dearest love I doe not goe, William CORKINE Tis true, tis day, what though it be? John HILTON A hymne to God the Father William LAWES (1602-1645) Consort set in C minor Nicholas LANIER (1588-1666) Bring away this sacred tree, Stay, still heart, Amorosa pargoletta, Fire, fire , No more shall meads be deck’d with flowers, Richard SUMARTE (fl c1630) Lachrimae Paul Agnew, tenor Christopher Wilson, lute and theorbo Concordia, director Marl Levy Recording dates and locations not provided. ?1997 METRONOME MET CD 1038 [61.00] [JW]

Agnew’s excellent diction brings immediacy and fluency - truly admirable. Equal praise to Christopher Wilson who adds to the genuine pleasures of this disc. … see Full Review

MUSIC FOR ORGAN: Volume 3.PACHELBEL: Two Chorale Preludes on ‘Vom Himmel Hoch’; BUXTEHUDE: Magnificat Primi Toni ; J. S. ACH: Four Chorale Preludes (Organbuchlein); J. E. WEST: Fantasy on Two Well-Known Christmas Carols; MULET: Noël; d’AQUIN: Noël Suisse; R. FROST: Variations on David Marden’s "Nicola"; GORDON PHILLIPS: Two Carol Preludes; HANDEL arr. FROST: Pastoral Symphony; GARTH EDMUNDSON: Toccata, ‘Vom Himmel Hoch’. RONALD FROST at the organ of St. Ann’s Church, Manchester DUNELM RECORDS DRD0185. [PLS]

St. Ann’s must be delighted to have its fine instrument so fully covered and this latest instalment, well recorded and presented is, again, thoroughly recommended..see Full Review

Sergei Nakariakov From Moscow with Love Alexander ARUTIUNIAN (b.1920) Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra (1950) Moisei VAINBERG (1919-1996) Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra Op. 94 (1966-67) Reinhold GLIÈRE (1875-1956) Concerto for Horn and Orchestra Op. 91 (1950) Sergei Nakariakov, trumpet and flügel horn Jenaer Philharmonie/Andrey Boreyko Recorded Volkshaus, Jena 22-26/02/01 TELDEC CLASSICS 8573-85558-2 DDD [62:54] [CT]

A fine release, amply demonstrating the extraordinary talent of this young virtuoso. Highly recommended. ...see Full Review

NEUJAHRSKONZERT 2002 Johann STRAUSS II Ouvertüre Die Fledermaus, Künstlerleben, Walzer op.316, Zivio! Marsch, op.456 Josef STRAUSS Die Schwätzerin, Polka Mazur, op.144, Vorwärts! Polka schnell, op.127, Aquarellen, Walzer, op.258, Die Libelle, Polka Mazur, op.204, Plappermäulchen! Polka schnell, op.245 Joseph HELLMESBERGER II Danse diabolique Johann STRAUSS II Elisen-Polka française, op.151' Wiener Blut, Walzer, op.354, Tik-Tak, Polka schnell, op.365, Die Nuejahrsansprache
Johann STRAUSS II An der schönen, blauen Donau,Walzer, op. 314' Johann STRAUSS I Radetzky-Marsch, op. 228 Wiener Philharmoniker/Seiji Ozawa Recorded live at the Musikverein, Wien on 1st January 2002 PHILIPS 468 999-2 [78.43] full price [MB]

Philips have produced splendid sound. One suspects that 40,000 Austrians can’t be entirely wrong. … see Full Review

Norbert Petry at the renaissance organ of Metz Cathedral Glosas et Variations 1620 1. Jan Pietersz. SWEELINCK Ballo del Granduca 4’52" 2. More Palitino 3’59" 3. Malle Sijmen 1’24" 4. Mein Junges Leben hat ein End 6’37" 5. Samuel SCHEIDT Bergamasca 3’34" 6. Girolamo FRESCOBALDI Bergamasca 4’56" 7. Partita sopra l’aria della Romanesca 13’09" 8. Samuel SCHEIDT Alamanda in D 8’10" 9. Galiarda "Prinz of Denmark" 6’51" 10. Melchior SCHILDT Pavana Lachryme 4’52" 11. Heinrich SCHEIDEMANN Galiarda in D 4’49"12. Francesco Correa de ARAUXO Tiento de medio registro de tiple XXXVIII 3’55" 13. Canto llano de la Immaculada concepcion, siguese tres glosas 4’43" Recordings made in Metz Cathedral in July and August 1991 K617 ‘ORGUES DE MOSELLE’ K617014 [74.18] [PW]

Excellent listening and highly recommendable, even to non organ fans. … see Full Review

Remember Bethlehem Carols for a New Millennium Howard GOODALL Remember Bethlehem Alan RIDOUT Snows the land cover Peter WHITE One cold dark night John MADDEN Lute Book Lullaby Stephen DARLINGTON Jacob’s Ladder Arnold BAX God is born Malcolm WILLIAMSON Dawn Carol Howard GOODALL Romance of the Epiphany Michael MULLINAR In the bleak midwinter Charles IVES Little star of Bethlehem Howard GOODALL Der Wind auf leeren Strassen Eric ROUTLEY Entre les boeufs et l’âne Sebastian FORBES There is no rose Peter WHITE Shepherd’s Carol Arnold BAX In the manger P A BROWNE The Lamb
Andrew GANT What child is this?
John MADDEN Good King Wenceslas Lavinio VIRGILI Ninna-Nanna a Gesû bambino Herbert HOWELLS Come sing and dance Howard GOODALL Love divine Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford/Stephen Darlington Recorded in Christ Church Cathedral, 27-29 June 2000 METRONOME MET CD 1044 [70:10] [AAS]

I have no hesitation in warmly recommending this disc for its widely ranging repertoire and consistently high standard of performance. … see Full Review

Jaakko Ryhänen (bass) Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Don Giovanni: Madamina, Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Ha, wie will ich triumphieren, Die Zauberflöte: O Isis und Osiris, In diesen keil’gen Hallen Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Il Barbiere di Siviglia: La calunnia è un venticello Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Don Carlos: Ella giammai m’amò, Macbeth: Studia il passo … Come dal ciel precipita, Simon Boccanegra: A te l’estremo addio … O lacerato spirito Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Der fliegende Holländer: Mögst du mein kind Jonas KOKKONEN (1915-1996)
The Last Temptations: Paavo’s "Fisherman Monologue" Piotr Ilych TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Eugene Onegin: Gremin’s aria Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Boris Godunov: Prologue (Coronation Scene), Death Scene (Act IV) Jaakko Ryhänen (bass), Tampere Opera Choir, Kuopio Symphony Orchestra/Markus Lehtinen Recorded 15-18.5.2001, Kuopio Music Centre FINLANDIA 8573-87779-2 [67.41] [CH]

Anyone who wants to have a selection of some of the principal bass roles, sung with real authority, will get a lot of enjoyment out of this. The Verdi arias are particularly fine. … see Full Review

Mexican Organ Joseph de TORRES (1661 – 1727) Fray Bartolomeo de OLAGUE (18th century) Correa de AURAUXO Antonio de CABEZON (1510 – 1566) Juan CABANILLES (1644 – 1712) Daniel Gottlob TURK (1750 – 1813) Nicholas CARLSON (17th century) Jan Pieterszoon SWEELINCK (1562 – 1621) Thomas TOMPKINS (1572 – 1656) William BYRD (1543 – 1623) Peter PHILIPS (1560 – 1628) Bernardo STORACE Played by Gustavo Delgado Parra *, and Ofelia Gomez Castellanos ** (or both – 4 hands ***) on the historic organ of Cholula, (province of Puebla), Mexico. recorded in the Our Lady of the Healing Church, Mexico 27-27/10/94 - DDD. ALLIANCE FRANCAISE K 617 059 [61.08] [JP]

I can recommend this to anyone who wishes to hear the sound of an early instrument which we thought had gone forever playing works which were contemporaneous with the basic instrument design. … see Full Review

ANGELA GHEORGHIU MYSTERIUM Angela Gheorghiu soprano Romanian National Chamber Choir "Madrigal" London Philharmonic Orchestra Ion Marin conductor Recorded All Hallows Church London 2001 DECCA 466 102-2 [61.21] [JW]

Piety takes many forms and this rather unshapely recital seeks to enshrine music that is of special significance to Angela Gheorghiu. .. see Full Review

CONTEMPORARY PORTUGUESE MUSIC Works for Clarinets Carlos MARECOS (b.1963) Aguas Neves (1996) [13.05] Sergio AVEZEDO (b.1968) Monumentum pro Gora Kalwaria (1991) [6.30] Antonio SOUSA DIAS (b.1959) Uma Sombra Tambem (1999) [5.11] Paulo BRANDAO (b.1950) Colibri (1989) [4.22] Sergio AZEVEDO (b.1968) Agio (1999) [2.16] Jorge PEREIRA (b.1973) Vingt-sept Cristaux Pour Nelson (1999) [7.57] Sergio AZEVEDO (b.1968) Monodrama(1995) [11.48] Luis MACHADO PINTO (b.1962) Transparencias (1993) [4.47] Ensemble Clarinet Modus, Sergio Oliveira clarinet, Paulo Gaspar clarinet, Nelson Caetano clarinet Orquestra de Clarinetes Rec PBStudio, Brejos de Azeitao, Portugal, July 19-23 1999 STRAUSS SP 4338 [56.47] [AT]

Obscure collection of Portuguese Clarinet music that could have done with more variety in the works offered. … see Full Review

OTTO SAUTER: WORLD OF BAROQUE Vol. III Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Transcription in G after Concerto in G, RV 310, from "L’estro armonico", op. 3 Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Transcription in B flat after Sonata in C, TV 41 C2 from "Der getreue Musik-Meister" P 13
George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759)
Transcription in D after Sonata in C, HWV 365, op. 1/7 Alessandro SCARLATTI (1660-1725) Transcription in G after Sinfonia in G Robert VALENTINE (c.1680-c.1735) arr. THILDE Jean (1908-1978) Transcription in D minor after Sonata in D minor Arcangelo CORELLI (1653-1713) Transcription in E flat after Sonata in E, op. 5/11 Otto Sauter (piccolo trumpet), David Timm (organ). Transcriptions by Claude Rippas. Rec. 26-28 March 2001, Waltershausen, Dtadtkirche "Zur Gotteshilfe" EMI CLASSICS CDC 5 57222 2 [50.09] [CH]

Some staggering virtuosity but not a lot of variety. … see Full Review

RICHTER REDISCOVERED - Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Sonata in C, Hob.XVI/50 - Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Scherzo no. 4 in E, op. 54, Ballade no. 3 in A flat, op. 47 - Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Preludes, op. 23/1, op. 32/9, 10, 12 - Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Jeux d’eau, Miroirs: 5. La Vallée des Cloches - Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Sonata no. 6, op. 82, Visions fugitives, op. 22/3-6, 8, 9, 11, 14-16 - Recorded live, 26 Dec. 1960, Carnegie Hall, NY - Cinderella: Gavotte, op. 95/2, Visions fugitives, op. 22/4 - DEBUSSY Claude (1862-1918) Préludes, Book 1: 5. Les Collines d’Anacapri - CHOPIN Etudes, op. 10/10, 12, Mazurka op. 24/2 - Recorded live, 28. Dec. 1960, Mosque Theatre, Newark Sviatoslav Richter (pianoforte) BMG RCA RED SEAL 09026-63844-2 [2 CDs, 62.07, 50.54] [CH]

If you can only stretch to one CD purchase this month, make it this one. … … see Full Review

SEEING SALVATION 1000 years of sacred music Various Choirs
Rec 1990s (DDD) METRONOME CD MET 1042 [74.40] [DW]

An interesting disc of a collection of music specially compiled to complement the millennial exhibition Seeing Salvation: The Image of Christ at the National Gallery early in 2000. … see Full Review

Le siècle d’or à la cathédrale de Mexico Hernado Franco (1532-1585) Misa Brevis à 5 Francisco López-Capillas (1608-1674) Dixit dominus à 8 Magnificat à 8 Manuel de Sumaya (1678-1756) Missa à 8 con violines Recordings made in Chapelle Saint-Augustin de Vallerysthal (Moselle) in May 1997 La Cappella Cervantina directed by Horacio Franco K617 LES CHEMINS DU BAROQUE MEXIQUE K617075 [50.53] [PW]

Fascinating music, but these performances are not easily recommendable. … see Full Review

SPANISH GUITAR RECITAL Isaac ALBÉNIZ (1860-1909) allorca, Opus 202 Suite Española Opus 47 Cordoba, Opus 323 No. 4 Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916) Dedicatoria La Maja de Goya Nadza Española No. 4 Valses Poèticos Danza Española No. 5 Joaquin MALAIS (1872-1912) Serenata Emilio PUJOL (1886-1980) Tango Espannol Guajira Julian Bream (guitar) Rec 1982-3, Wardour Chapel, Wiltshire BMG 74321 68016 2 [74.58] [TB]

One of the finest guitar recitals of recent times. … see Full Review

Leopold STOKOWSKI - Philadelphia Rarities - Arr Leopold STOKOWSKI (1882-1977) Two Ancient Liturgical Melodies- Veni Creator Spiritus and Veni Emmanuel Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) Spanish Dance from La Vida Breve - Joaquin TURINA (1882-1947) Gypsy Dance Op 55 No 5 "Sacred Mountain" - Arcady DUBENSKY (1890-1966) The Raven, poem by Edgar Allen Poe # Arr Hidemaro KONOYE (1898-1973)- Etenraku – Ceremonial Japanese Prelude - Harl McDONALD (1899-1955) The Legend of the Arkansas Traveller *; Dance of the Workers, from The Festival of the Workers Suite; Rhumba from Symphony No 2 - Henry EICHHEIM (1870-1942) Bali – Symphonic Variations - Harl McDONALD (1899-1955) Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra + John Philip SOUSA (1854-1932) Manhattan Beach - El Capitan - Alexander Hilsberg, violin * - Jeanne Behrend and Alexander Kelberine, pianos + Benjamin de Loache, narrator # Philadelphia Orchestra Leopold Stokowski - Recorded between 1929 and 1940 CALA CACD 0501 [78.17] [JW]

The sound is a little topped and tailed for my liking but nothing can detract from the luxurious pleasure this disc affords. It’s very special. … see Full Review

Leopold STOKOWSKI Stokowski Encores Peter TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Aurora’s Wedding Edited by Serge Diaghilev from The Sleeping Beauty Orchestral Transcriptions by Leopold Stokowski Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Clair de lune; Night in Granada Isaac ALBENIZ (1860-1909) Festival in Seville Ottokar NOVACEK (1866-1900) Perpetuum Mobile Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Prelude in E Flat minor Nikolas RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) The Flight of the Bumble-Bee Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849) Mazurka in B flat minor; Prelude in D minor National Philharmonic Orchestra/Leopold Stokowski Recorded West Ham Central Mission, London May and July 1976 CALA CACD 0529 [78.29] Midprice [JW]

A superb ballet music conductor and it shows here in his attentiveness, his affectionate nudging and nuancing and his lyrical sensibility. It is my preferred recording of any of The Sleeping Beauty music. … see Full Review

Leopold STOKOWSKI 1 Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Enigma Variations Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony No 1 Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (Elgar) London Symphony Orchestra (Brahms) Recorded House of Artists Prague (Elgar) September 1972 and Royal Albert Hall (Brahms) June 1972 CALA CACD 0524 [76.20] [JW]

Rivetingly affectionate reading of Enigma and a Brahms First of real intensity - deeply moving. see Full Review

Leopold STOKOWSKI 3 Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Fanfare from L’Eventail de Jeanne Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849) Mazurka in A Minor Op 17 No 4 Orch Stokowski Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) L’Ascension Henri DUPARC (1848-1933) Extase Orch Stokowski Cesar FRANCK (1822-1890) Symphony in D Minor Recorded between 1970 and 1972 London Symphony Orchestra (Chopin, Messiaen, Duparc) Hilversum Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (Ravel, Franck) Leopold Stokowski conductor CALA CACD 0525 [74.30] [JW]

Stokowski’s flair, drive and impressionistic impulse fully on display .. see Full Review

Leopold STOKOWSKI First Releases Arr STOKOWSKI (1882-1977) La Marseillaise (de Lisle); Serenade (Schubert) Joseph La MONACA (?) Saltarello Leopold STOKOWSKI (1882-1977) Balance Test March Stephen FOSTER (1826-1864) Oh, Susannah arr Stokowski G F HANDEL (1685-1759) Pastoral Symphony from Messiah Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome Peter I TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Solitude Robert KELLY (?) Sunset reflections from Adirondack Suite Peter I TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Marche Slave Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915) Etude in C sharp minor arr Stokowski Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Tyrolean Dances from Deutsche Tanze Op 33 arr Stokowski Peter I TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture Recorded 1927-1944. Previously unreleased.
Philadelphia Orchestra, NBC Symphony Orchestra, New York City Symphony Orchestra Leopold Stokowski CALA CACD 0502 [76.05] [JW]

Though it is a necessarily haphazard compilation this is a thoroughly engaging CD. … see Full Review

Leopold STOKOWSKI Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphony No 8 "Unfinished" Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Forest Murmurs from Siegfried
Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony No 1 All-American Youth Orchestra (Schubert) Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra (Wagner, Brahms) Leopold Stokowski Recorded Schubert July 1941, Wagner August 1946, Brahms August 1945 CALA CACD 0520 [74.45] [JW]

A controversial brace of recordings but never without Stokowskian interest. … see Full Review

JOSEPH SZIGETI (1892-1973) Bach, Tartini, Warlock, Dvorak, Hubay, Kodaly, Brahms, Milhaud, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Paganini, Bloch, Bartok, Handel, Stravinsky 4CD set ANDaNTE 2991-2994

This is a rich seam of performance and ANDaNTE are to be commended for producing such a wide variety of styles from Bach to Bloch, for combining familiar favourites such as the Beethoven and Mendelssohn concertos with relatively unknown music by Bartok and Stravinsky, but above all for choosing and then making such a comprehensive evaluation of that fine violinist Joseph Szigeti. … see Full Review

Richard TAUBER (1892 – 1948): HEART’S DELIGHTS Richard Tauber (tenor) with conductors Henry Goehl (tracks 6,8,12,17,20), Gustav Walter (tracks 19,22), Frieder Weissmann (tracks 23, 24) REGIS RRC 1066 [74:44] [GPJ]

If you already know and love Tauber’s singing, this CD will probably send you into raptures. Most of these very old recordings wear their age very well, and create no serious barrier to the enjoyment of the art of this great stylist. … see Full Review

Arturo TOSCANINI SCHUBERT: Symphony No.8 ‘Unfinished’ STRAUSS: Don Juan HAYDN: Sinfonia Concertante in Bb BACH orch. RESPIGHI: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor NBC Symphony Orchestra Arturo Toscanini (conductor) Recorded live on 14 October 1939 GUILD HISTORICAL GHCD 2202 [79.26] [CF]

Whatever one’s view of Toscanini he was a supreme conductor whose concerts preserved as this one has been (and with hopefully more to come) make essential listening. … see Full Review

Sergio Vartolo (organ) Marcantonio CAVAZZONI (c.1490-c.1570)
Ricercare Claudio MERULO (1533-1604) Toccata Andrea GABRIELI (1510-1586) Fantasia allegra, Ricercare arioso Giovanni GABRIELI (1557-1612) Canzon detta la Spiritata Giovanni Maria TRABACI (1575-1647) Canzona francesa prima, Canzona francesa quarta, Durezze e ligature, Ricercare del Sesto Tono Cromatico, Ricercare dell’Ottavo Tono sopra Ruggiero Girolamo FRESCOBALDI (1583-1643) Fantasia prima, sopra un soggetto, Ricercare quarto, sopra mi, re, fa, mi Giovanni Paolo COLONNA (1637-1695) Fuga Bernardo PASQUINI (1637-1710) Fuga Sergio Vartolo (organ) Recorded on the Dallam organ of Lanvellec, Brittany (France), 7-9 Sep. 1993 K617 K617039 [67.02] [CH]

This disc does a thorough disservice to some beautiful music and should be avoided at all costs. … see Full Review

VIRTUOSO VIOLIN Fritz KREISLER (1883-1951) Praeludium and Allegro "in the style of Pugnani" Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) arr. Joseph JOACHIM Hungarian Dance no. 1 Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) The Gadfly: Romance Riccardo DRIGO (1846-1930) arr. Leopold AUER Valse Bluette Zdenek FIBICH (1850-1900) arr. Jan KUBELIK Moods, Impressions and Reminiscences, op. 41: Poème Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) arr. KREISLER La Vida Breve: Danse espagnole Henryk WIENIAWSKI (1835-1880) arr. August WILHELMJ Légende, op. 17 Pablo de SARASATE (1844-1908) Introduction and Tarantella, op. 43 Johannes BRAHMS arr. JOACHIM Hungarian Dance no. 5 Ernest BLOCH (1880-1959) Baal Shem: Nigun Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) arr Jascha. HEIFETZ Beau Soir KREISLER Caprice viennois, op. 2 Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) arr. Heifetz The Tale of Tsar Saltan: The Flight of the Bumble Bee Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) arr. Lionel TERTIS Hassan: Serenade Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) arr. WILHELMJ Ave Maria, D. 839 William KROLL (1901-1980) Banjo and Fiddle Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Tzigane Rapsodie de concert Tasmin Little (violin), Piers Lane (pianoforte) Recorded at St. Michaels, Highgate, 30-31 July 1991 EMI CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 574 9492 [71.34] Superbudget [CH]

This is a disc that can be confidently bought by anyone looking for the best kind of easy-listening for violin and piano. see Full Review

BERJ ZAMKOCHIAN Organ Recital. REUBKE Sonata on the 94th Psalm MENDELSSOHNSonata no. 1 in F minor REGER Weihnachten Berj Zamkochian (organ)(ADD) CONSORTIUM ZC 040794 [DW]

A super disc .... very exciting! And that’s an understatement! ... see Full Review

 

BOOK REVIEWS

ARNOLD BAX IDEALA: The Love Letters and Poems of Arnold BAX
edited by Colin Scott-Sutherland Fand Music Press
The Barony, 16 Sandringham Road, Petersfield GU32 2AA. Tel/Fax: 01730 267341. ww.fandmusic.com published September 2001 ISBN 0-9535125-3-3 320pp hardback [SL]

Jeffrey Richards: Imperialism and music. Britain 1876-1953 Manchester University Press 2001ISBN H/B 0719045061 £55 Amazon UK £49.99ISBN P/B 0719061431 £19.99 Amazon UK £17.99 [JW]

When Richards treats less complex issues he does so with tact but at the Imperial heart of his book, at its centre, he has wielded a machete and cut off his own arm. ... see Full Review

DONALD FRANCIS TOVEY: The Classics of Music - Talks, Essays, and Other Writings Previously Uncollected edited by Michael Tilmouth and editing completed by David Kimbell and Roger Savage. Oxford University Press Price: £60.00 (Hardback) ISBN0-19-816214-6. Published 2001, 864 pages, numerous music examples, 10 halftones, 1 table, 234mm x 156mm. [PS]

At 864 pages long and with a price tag of £60 this book is certainly not for the occasional reader. But for all those who know and love Tovey’s writing this is a long awaited and very welcome addition. … see Full Review

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